2018 Toyota C-HR Enters Los Angeles With Dog and Pony Show

Flashy looks and a pledge to sportiness

We've been acquainted with Toyota's C-HR (Coupé High-Rider) for a while now, but the sharp-edged crossover was yet to makes its appearance on US ground.

The Los Angeles Auto Show solved that and brought more info on the C-HR, on top of what we knew so far on the model's interior and hybrid ambitions.

First things first: two trim levels split the C-HR's US lineup, namely XLE and XLE Premium.

A generous standard equipment list mentions 18-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, bucket seats, seven-inch infotainment system and Toyota's Safety Sense P suite.

The crossover sits on Toyota's New Global Architecture (TNGA) and shares internal organs with the Prius, yet Toyota tosses a handful of emphasis on the C-HR's sporty gusto, trumpeting agility credentials sharpened on the Nürburgring.

MacPherson strut front suspension, and a double-wishbone setup in the rear plus a large-diameter stabilizer bar are the mechanical solutions that spearhead the C-HR's claimed dynamic behavior.

Furthermore, Toyota installed a 2.0-liter four-cyl petrol unit good for 144 hp and 140 lb-ft of torque aimed at the front axle by a CVT gearbox fitted with a new belt structure and assisted by a preload differential tasked with bartering torque between the right and left wheel.

Prices for the United States market are yet to be revealed, most likely when the 2018 Toyota C-HR goes on sale in early 2017.